Kenny Li
  • Chinese businessman, guard killed

The Chinese business community in Montego Bay was shaken again on Monday when gunmen struck in a brazen daylight robbery, killing a popular businessman and his security guard at the intersection of King and Church Streets in the Western City. Another man, who was wounded in the attack has been admitted for treatment at hospital.

The dead men have been identified as 44-year-old Kenneth Li, popularly known as ‘Kenny’, operator of Cash Smart Trading Limited (Supermarket and Grocers – Retail) on Barnett Street, and his security guard Carl Reid.

The Montego Bay police, who are probing the incident, have so far taken one suspect into custody in connection with the double murder.

According to the police, about 10:55 a.m., Li and Reid, along with another man, were in a Hiace mini bus, at the intersection of King and Church Streets, intending to go to the bank to make a deposit, when they were pounced upon by three armed men travelling in a motorcar, who opened fire hitting them several times.

Observers watch as police personnel cordon off the scene of brazen daylight attack

The men are reported to have made off with millions of dollars, which were being held in the back of the bus.

The police were alerted and they were taken to the hospital, where Li and Reid were pronounced dead and the other man admitted for treatment.

The Montego Bay Police were swift in their response to the scene of the killing, and are utilizing CCTV and other technologies to pursue several leads.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is once again urging business persons to utilize the services of private security firms and/or the JCF when seeking to make large deposits to their respective banks.

Head of the JCF’s Corporate Communication Unit, Senior Superintendent of Police, Stephanie Lindsay, is again imploring members of the business community to make use of the services of reputable security firms.

“We want to take this opportunity to encourage them that where possible, they are to utilize security firms and reputable companies to assist them when they are transporting large sums of cash to and from financial institutions.”

SSP Lindsay also reminded small business persons that, if they find the cost of these services too onerous, the local police are more than capable of assisting. “We want to remind them that the Jamaica Constabulary Force will support them. This is an area that you can actually make arrangements with your local police, who will provide you with escort services to and from financial institution.”